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2015-2016 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2015-2016 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Department of English Language and Literature

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Randall Fuller

Lars Engle
Randall Fuller
Joseph A. Kestner
Holly A. Laird
Sean Latham

Associate Professors
Jennifer Airey
Robert A. Jackson
Grant Jenkins
Laura Stevens

Assistant Professors
Jeffrey Drouin
Keija Parssinen

Distinguished Professor
Yevgeny Yevtushenko

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree is offered by the faculty of the Department of English. The aim of the undergraduate major in English is to educate students in literature and language and in the practice of writing, and to enhance their understanding of the tradition of liberal arts. The major develops the ability to understand and appreciate literature in its historical and cultural contexts, to read closely and analytically in a broad range of texts, and to write about language and literature with clarity and precision.

The English core emphasizes basic experiences of the literary tradition in England and America and introduces students to critical methods and theoretical approaches to literary study. On this foundation, English electives focus on literary periods, major literary figures, the several genres of literature, and the nature and history of the English language. Work in related areas such as foreign languages, philosophy, history, film studies, and creative writing is encouraged. The overall aim of the program is flexible, yet directive and cumulative, and provides broad opportunities for professional as well as personal post-graduate application.

Learning Objectives:

  • To facilitate student learning by providing knowledge, resources, and challenges for their growth;
  • To expose students to unfamiliar literary works (including film, digital media, and other narrative and poetic forms), as well as to canonical or traditional texts;
  • To improve student reading, writing, and thinking through careful practice with frequent and substantial feedback from faculty;
  • To cultivate in students a strong sense of curiosity and desire to learn; and
  • To serve and reach the community through our graduates, programs, events, and continuing education.




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